Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter 2

Cpl William Martin Zoellick – Mission Complete 2022

Date

Nov 10 2024

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Chapter Repatriations

US Army Corporal William Martin Zoellick

Date of Loss – February 27th, 1951

Date of Repatriation – November 10th, 2022

On February 22, 2022, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Corporal William Martin Zoellick, missing from the Korean War. Corporal Zoellick entered the U.S. Army from Illinois and was a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. CPL Zoellick was captured by Chinese People’s Volunteer Force (CPVF) on November 30, 1950, after his unit encountered a CPVF roadblock near Kunu-ri, North Korea. A report provided to the United Nations by the CPVF stated that CPL Zoellick died at POW Camp 1 at Ch’angsong, North Korea, on February 27, 1951. CPL Zoellick was not identified from among remains returned to U.S. custody after the war. In 2018, the DPAA began its phased disinterment and reexamination of 652 Korean War unknown remains that were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. One set of these unknown remains that had been recovered from the POW Camp 5 in Pyoktong, North Korea, were tentatively associated with ZPL Zoellick. While this location was inconsistent with CPL Zoellick’s reported place of death, DPAA historians surmised that the reported location may have been made in error, as Camp 1 was not yet operational until after CPL Zoellick’s date of death, February 27, 1951. Laboratory analysis and circumstantial evidence allowed DPAA scientists to identify the remains as those of CPL Zoellick. Corporal Zoellick is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. His name is also inscribed on the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, which was updated in 2022 to include the names of the fallen.

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